Create a Sales Process: 5 Reasons Why You Should

I recently met a friend for coffee.  We were visiting a place that both of us had been to previously, but neither of us were regulars.  We had been chatting when we first walked in, so I wasn't really paying attention to the menu posted on the wall behind the cash register.  No problem.  I always get the same thing; a berry herbal tea.  But when I asked if they had any herbal teas, they handed me a huge book of options.  Some of the teas on the list were highlighted, some were scratched out, and some had no markings.  It was explained that they didn't carry every tea in the book and were out of some that they do carry, but I could tell by the markings in the book.  At this point, I was feeling the pressure of the line of people behind me and couldn't even tell what my options were due to the very complicated process.

This business could greatly benefit from implementing a formalized, intentional sales process.  A sales process is a defined step by step plan on how to help a customer move from being a prospect, to making a decision and purchasing a product or service.  When effectively implemented, a sales process can actually be one of the most valuable assets of an organization.  Therefore, every business should implement a formalized sales process for five reasons.

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